Keynote Address NGOs, Government and the UN: It Takes Three to Tango


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Anna Sherburn, Director, Human Rights Projects Section, Human Rights Policy Branch, Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department delivered this presentation at the 2013 National Disability Summit in Australia. The annual conference brings together healthcare industry professionals to discuss the future direction of disability policy reform. For more information, please visit the conference website:

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Keynote Address NGOs, Government and the UN: It Takes Three to Tango

  1. 1. NGOs, Government and the UN: It Takes Three to Tango P R E S E N T A T I O N F O R T H E 4 TH A N N U A L NATIONAL DISABILITY SUMMIT MARCH 2013
  2. 2. Treaty Reporting Cycle Submission of Periodic Report to Committee Follow Up work and Preparation of Periodic Report by State Party ‘Concluding Observations’ issued by Committee ‘Constructive dialogue’/ Appearance before Committee by State Party – September 2013 Consideration by Treaty Committee ‘List of Issues’ given to State Party by Committee - April 2013 ‘Written Response’ to List of Issues submitted to Committee by State Party Current CRPD process
  3. 3. CRPD Timeline 2008 CRPD comes into force internationally and in Australia December 2009 Australia submits its first periodic report September 2013 Australia’s first appearance before the Committee scheduled
  4. 4. Opportunities to engage  Shadow Reports/Submissions to UN Committees  Meetings with UN Committees  Consultation with Government about processes
  5. 5. Australia’s other Human Rights Treaty reports & appearances CAT 5th Report Imminent ICCPR 5th Report 2007 ICESCR CEDAW CERD 4th Report 2007 6th and 7th Report 2008 15th-17th Report 2009 Appearance Appearance Appearance 2013/14? Appearance 2009 2010 Appearance 2010 Next report 2013 Next report 6/2014 Next report 7/2014 Next report in process 2009 CRC CRPD and OPs 4th Report (& initial reports for OPS): 2009 1st Report 2010 Appearance 6/2012 Next report 1/2018 Appearance September 2013
  6. 6. Responsibility for CRPD within Government AGD - Treaty Reporting FaHCSIA - National Disability Strategy Range of Commonwealth, State and Territory Government agencies with relevant policy responsibility
  7. 7. Some key concepts behind the CRPD  Rights approach to disability  Non- discrimination, reasonable accommodation and universal design  Consultation with people with disability and their representative organisations – ‘nothing about me without me’
  8. 8. General Principles of the CRPD Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy Non-discrimination Full and effective participation and inclusion in society Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity Equality of opportunity Accessibility Equality between men and women, and Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for their right to their identities.
  9. 9. Human Rights Policy Branch approach to engagement  Important to the Branch to engage effectively with rights advocates  This educates us about issues and informs our advice to Government  Interested in your views on making engagement more effective
  10. 10. General human rights resources Public sector human rights training materials:  Guide to human rights  Human rights guidance sheets – these include information about particular rights  E-learning module
  11. 11. Resources on the CRPD  CRPD  Website of the Committee  Handbook for Parliamentarians on the CRPD
  12. 12. Disability rights in Australia  Australia’s Initial Report under the CRPD, December 2010  National Disability Strategy  Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia, 2009  Disability Rights Now: Civil Society Shadow Report, August 2012